Gainesville, FL
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$28,420 ($6,143)
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Within Walking Distance Eateries – The best places to find food off campus is definitely in downtown, which is within walking distance of the corner of campus on 13th street. Along University Ave. you will find many restaurants including Chipotle, Mochi, Red Mango, The Italian Gator, Leonardo's By The Slice, Taco Bell, and many locally owned restaurants that are affordable to the college student and just a walk away from campus. Check out Leonardo's by the Slice for delicious New York Style pizzas for only 2.95 a slice, and they're huge!

4 College Student

Majors: Pharmacy Program Is Awesome! I am very content with the major that I picked which was pre-pharmacy. The courses really prepare you for the real program. It is now the real world, and you have to do a lot of independent work. The grade you earn is based off of how much time and effort you put into the course. Being in college has made me realize that nothing will come easy and that you have to work for it. Yes, if I could do it all over again, I would. Right now, I'm pursuing a career in retail pharmacy. I do not have much concern about finding a job in my field since it is predicted that I will have plenty of job opportunities available after college.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: Drug Use Is Very Limited. Here at the University of Florida, public drug use is very limited. People here do not usually use drugs in public and campus is very safe. I could imagine there being an abundant amount of drinkers as compared to smokers. If there are smokers, they would just usually smoke cigarettes. All in all, the campus is pretty safe from public drinkers and smokers.

5 College Student

Facilities: The athletic centers here at the university are top-notch. They provide a variety of people to come and participate in physical fitness. The recereation centers aren't limited to anybody and the best part is that the equipment is free for student use. No expensive membership is required which makes college life better. The equipment is modern and one can always find people to work out with. In addition, the recreation center is always open late, usually up to 1 AM on weekdays and they are open early in the morning, at around 6 AM.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: No Cars but Buses Are Good – Parking is awful while decals are in effect and strictly enforced. I received a warning for one of my tires touching the line when I parked. Most people would love a scooter or vespa. Bikes are popular but you can get a ticket for numerous things when riding one. Buses are reliable and always running.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Unfair Housing – In gainesville, if you want to live close to campus, expect an old crappy building and/or outrageous prices. As you go further away things get nicer but do not expect to walk to campus or catch the first bus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The southwest rec center is really nice, but it is on the complete other side of campus so unless you live in lakeside you have to take a bus or car. The libraries are all good but always crowded. It is nice to have starbucks in library west. The student union is nice but it can get pretty crowded around lunch hours.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There's always something to do either on or around campus. There are countless numbers of clubs and organizations, greek life is huge, and the nightlife scene is fun all week long. There's a place for everyone to get involved and so many different types of people, you'll eventually find your group!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Everyone uses the public transportation around UF. It's free for all students and one of the quickest ways to get around. Parking is never available, so most students use the bus to get around.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus PD – You have to be careful with drinking, especially in the dorms. They're always out to catch underage drinkers and if your RA hears you, you can lose your housing.

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4 College Student

Diversity: The campus is very racially, economically, politically, religiously, and sexually diverse.

1 College Senior

Parking: parking is terrible, too many students, not enough parking, things are very far

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: so many opportunities to live off campus, very affordable, parking is no issue except on campus

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5 College Senior

Facilities: wonderful libraries, lots of restaurants and quick foods to grab, amazing gym facilities, beautiful brick buildings

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I do not plan on having an internship. I am a pre-med student, and instead of having an internship, I am involved in neurosurgery research. However, I have friends that have had internships, both unpaid and paid, and they enjoyed them a lot, and had great opportunities to develop connections with companies.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Different Looks! I love this cultural variety of the University of Florida. People dress differently all the time. There is no a certain way of dressing for all students. Interests, looks, dress, social life, and relationships are all different, and this is what makes this campus so unique.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There Is a Variety of Apartments! The campus holds events for off campus housing each semester. The university helps and advised students in the transition from on campus housing to off campus housing, or directly to off campus housing. The prices range according to how far away the apartments are located from campus. Prices are fair, and living conditions are great!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather here is amazing. It rarely gets cold in the winter and doesn't rain too often. There are mostly sunny days.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Very Limited – There is very little parking. It costs a lot to get a parking pass and it is very difficult to find a spot. Tickets are given for any parking offense and it is common for people to find tickets on their cars. The majority of the spots are reserved for teachers. You can park in the park-n-ride lot, but you will need to take a bus into campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Many Choices – There are many choices for off-campus housing and there is a large range of prices. It is relatively easy to find a reasonable price for a good apartment. Most of the apartments are very close to campus which is a huge convenience. You can live farther away but will have to pay to park on campus and/or take the bus which can be time consuming.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Dining halls are normally only visited by those who live in the dorms in the area near the dining halls. There are a few good quick places to eat in between classes but most of the restaurants close relatively early, so there are limited choices for dinner.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Communication Sciences and Disorders – I was very pleased with the undergraduate program of Communication Sciences and Disorders. All the teachers are willing to help their students and offer advice. I really enjoyed the opportunities to observe speech-language pathologists at Shands Hospital as well as other locations in Gainesville. Classes tend to be smaller so it is easier to get to know your teachers.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different restaurants to choose from here, and if you want to change up your plans for lunch, places like Tijuana Flats, Red Mango, Firehouse Subs, and Dunkin Donuts are right across from campus. Aside from that you can have a wonderful meal in case you want to go out for lunch or dinner with friends and family.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining halls – It already costs a lot to get a meal plan on campus, and sometimes in the dining halls the food isn't all that great. I have gotten woozy a couple of times as a result, therefore this year is the last I will buy a meal plan.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Club Scene – Here we have all types of clubs, convenient for everyone's different taste in music, from country to hip-hop and even to electronic dubstep. While the clubs may be shotty, everyone has a good time.


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Chris Kirschner
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Some schools have certain advantages over others. Small schools give a feeling of community; large schools have lots of resources; private schools are ripe for close academic relationships with faculty; and state schools offer a good value. Well, UF is not your typical state school, and Gainesville is certainly not your stereotypical small town. Because this place is so big, it has all of the libraries, dorms, athletics, courses, clubs, and services you could want at a good price. But if you put forth just a little effort, you’ll find that the University also has more compassionate, down-to-earth professors, locals, and students that any small, private school could ever dream of having.

The best thing about going to a school like UF is that whatever you want to accomplish in life, it is probably obtainable through going to this school. You will never have to worry about not fitting in with anyone because the campus is a huge melting pot. Students are never bored on campus because there is literally always something to do with friends both on or off campus. And who wouldn't want to go to a school where the immense amount of school pride is literally unexplainable? It sure is great to be a Florida Gator.

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